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Published September 16th 2016
It's Old, and it is Good
When I travel, I seek out accommodation that is a little out of the ordinary! I have stayed in some strange and quirky places and love buildings with historical significance.
One such place that I have stayed on two occasions is the Riverside Motel at Bourke. I learned before my first visit, that it was on the banks of the Darling River, and is of historical significance.
The area on the Darling River was first explored by Charles Sturt in 1828, but it wasn't until 1835, when Sir Thomas Mitchell arrived that settlement began on the river. It was in 1869 that the area was surveyed to create a town.
Subsequently, Bourke would become a coach terminus for the famous Cobb & Co coaches, which was based in Bathhurst, paddleboats plied the Darling River and a large Afghan community worked with camels for transport in the area.
In 1875 the Telegraph Hotel was built – and now forms part of the Heritage area of the Riverside Motel which contains four Heritage suites, named after regular visitors to Bourke over the years; Nancy Bird Walton, John Horbury Hunt, Dr Fred Hollows as well as the Old Billiard Room.
The Bourke Riverside Motel is on Mitchell St, on the banks of the Darling River, handy to the old wharf with a café and homewares shop, near the Port of Bourke Hotel, and the Diggers on the Darling RSL Club, and easy walking distance from most of the shops in Bourke. Getting a meal is only a short walk away.